Awesome classes offered through and taught by RWASD.

One of the greatest perks of being a part of RWA is access to the many fantastic classes offered. I know I’ve taken advantage of many of them since joining. There are thousands of  instructors ready to share their knowledge right at our fingertips!

But did you know that RWASD also hosts some fantastic classes?

Here are some classes brought to you by RWASD!

Blending Emotional Arcs and Conflict

 Date: May 4 – 31, 2015

Cost: $20.00 (RWA-SD members) / $25.00 (non RWA-SD members)

Instructor: Kat Duncan

Open to: All

Please register at

This workshop explores the elements needed to show a character’s emotional arc from opening page to ending scene. You will learn techniques that enable you to tug at a reader’s heartstrings. How and when to launch into emotional introspection and when not to. Blend emotion and story conflict and learn when and how to emphasize each. Manage your characters’ emotions by learning how to manipulate your readers’ emotions. Entice your readers to follow your characters’ emotional upheavals and revelations without giving readers a reason to toss the book aside out of boredom or toss it in the trash out of anger. Workshop includes lessons on showing versus telling, emotional triggers, emotional language and creating emotional phrases. Worksheets, templates and published excerpts and examples will be used to explain the techniques.

Instructor Bio:

Kat Duncan is a creation extremist who is doing her best to identify human creativity and free it from captivity, one student at a time. As a young child, Kat once tried to confess the telling of her stories to her parish priest because she thought they fit the definition the nuns gave for telling a lie. With her lies fully sanctioned and blessed by church authorities, Kat writes stories to entertain and enlighten. She is a Fulbright Scholar who spent a year in West Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Kat has a Master’s Degree in Education and over a dozen years of experience teaching students from elementary through college and beyond. Her stories span a range from realistic historicals to quirky suspense.

Setting & Description As Character

Date: May 4-17, 2015

Instructor: Eilis Flynn

Cost: RWA San Diego Chapter members: $15/Non-members: $20

Open to: All

Please register at

What lingers in your mind when you finish a great story? Sometimes it’s the hero or the heroine. Sometimes it’s the crisp, crackling dialogue that made you laugh out loud (sometimes in public, embarrassingly enough) or bawl (also sometimes in public, definitely embarrassingly enough). And sometimes, whether you realize it or not, it could even be—gasp!—the setting.

Every part of a story can be memorable and stick in the minds of the reader. Setting is an unappreciated factor in so many stories, but without it, truly memorable stories could fall flat. Setting and description can be very, very memorable. Every story has a setting, and it’s a character in its own right. Setting and its description has a voice of its own, and it needs to be heard. Believe it or not, the setting of your story should be as well-defined as any of your human characters, and certainly something that you remember after you finish the work, writing it or reading it. How can you make the settings of your stories so memorable that it lingers in your readers’ minds as much as the hero and the heroine and the dialogue?

Think of weather, rain as miserable as mud or snow soft and deadly. Think of climate, always hot and sticky and humid. Think of seasons, whether summer or spring. Think of the lamppost always shining in the eternal snow in Narnia at the beginning of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (where it’s always winter but never Christmas). Think of Rochester Hall, with the image of the window at the top of the house where the insane first wife is kept in Jane Eyre. How many of you think of that when you look at big houses with an attic window? All of it comes together to shape your story and sticks in your imagination. In my workshop, we’ll look at setting and how important it is in building your story, and we’ll look at how yours can stick in your readers’ imagination, long after they’ve finished the book.

Instructor Bio: 

Eilis Flynn has worked at a comic book company, a couple of Wall Street brokerage firms, a wire news service, and a magazine for futurists. She’s also dined with a former British prime minister and a famous economist, can claim family ties to the emperor of Japan and the president of a major telecommunications company, and met her husband when he asked her to sign a comic book. She’s written romantic fantasies and futuristics and comic books, as well as articles on finance, mortgage-backed securities, and precious metals. Her most recent book, Wear Black, was cowritten with historical romance author Heather Hiestand and is available at most online retailers. She’s also a professional editor with nearly 40 years of experience. She can be reached at

Also, our own members teach as well! Here are two classes class taught by our members Georgie Lee and Helenkay Dimon.

Regency Battlefield Medicine

Class dates: April 20 – May 15, 2015
Cost: $20 non-member, $15 BM member
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War during the Regency era wasn’t pretty and neither were the wounds and treatments soldiers and seamen suffered in the heat of battle. Even if a soldier survived his injury, there was no guarantee he would live through the many infectious diseases which ran rampant through the military hospitals. Surgeons were ill-equipped to deal with the mass numbers of soldiers in need of treatment and did the best they could with the limited knowledge and tools they possessed.

Battlefield Medicine will take you through the ins and outs of British Army and Navy medicine during the late Georgian and Regency eras. The training and techniques of surgeons, as well as the medicines and pain relief available, field hospital practices and the effects of infection and disease on the healthy and wounded alike will all be explored. Firsthand accounts of military surgeons and their patients will help provide a full picture of medicine in the time before antibiotics or germ theory, as this class examines this bloody, horrific and often fatal aspect of Regency life.

Instructor Bio:

A lifelong history buff, Georgie Lee hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit to learn more about Georgie and her books.

More information on The Beau Monde found here.

The Friends of the Valley Center Library Present:

Streamlined, information-packed fiction-writing and social media workshops given by published author instructors.

Saturday, May 2 – Helenkay Dimon – “Plots are Everything!”
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00
Place: Valley Center Library, 29200 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 (maybe carpool?)
Cost: $10.00 per session (donation to the Friends of the VC Library) Coffee, tea and refreshment goodies provided.

Registration: * Pre-enrollment and payment are required. *Class size will be limited. No refunds. Sorry, no walk-ins.
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